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[muh-teer-ee-uh-list] /məˈtɪər i ə lɪst/
a person who is markedly more concerned with material things than with spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.
an adherent of philosophical materialism.
concerned with material things; materialistic.
of or relating to philosophical materialism or its adherents.
Origin of materialist
1660-70; < New Latin māteriālista. See material, -ist
Related forms
materialistic, adjective
antimaterialist, noun, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As though any great poet who had come to years of discretion could be a materialist or an infidel.

  • It is customary to condemn the American as a materialist because of his worship of success.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • Some declared he was afraid of spirits; but he was too stout a materialist!

  • The materialist answers: "The matter of the brain creates thought."

    The Mind and the Brain Alfred Binet
  • This is saying in so many words that the science of the materialist is adequate for the proof that his opponent knows nothing.

  • But first, let us do so from the materialist's own stand-point.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • My friend is an atheist and materialist, but enjoys the life which he despises, and fears death, which he does not know.

    Legends August Strindberg
  • “The external world,” says the materialist––“Does not exist,” says the Idealist.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The materialist's allegation is generally, that he wishes to accept as little as possible.

  • In short, the cow does fulfill the materialist theory of history: that is why the cow has no history.

    A Miscellany of Men G. K. Chesterton
Word Origin and History for materialist

1660s and after in various philosophical and theological senses, on model of French matérialiste, from material (n.) + -ist. Also cf. materialism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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